Most of us think Youngstown, Ohio, and the entire area up in Mahoning County is long past its prime. Maybe, maybe not. But when you venture to Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, you’ll be shocked at the number of attractions the area boasts.
Nine of them made this list, but you can place a safe bet that you’ll find at least a dozen different places to visit if you look hard enough.
From top-end museums that give you some insight on what turned Youngstown into a power player back in the 20th century to outdoor parks and theaters, it seems like there is an attraction everywhere you turn in this area.
So, take a day off from gambling in Ohio, venture out into these places, and explore everything that continues to make the area stand out.
Youngstown Steel Heritage
The Youngstown Steel Heritage points to the backbone that built Youngstown, Ohio, into one of the most prominent steel cities in the world.
At one time, you could drive through the area and within seconds, you’d know the place was a thriving industrial sector complete with smokestacks that reached the heavens, the rumbling of steam whistles, overhead cranes, and other heavy industrial equipment. You were in for a light show when the sun went down just from flame openings lighting up the sky.
Well, today, you’ll no longer experience it. But the Youngstown Steel Heritage serves as a perpetual reminder of Youngstown’s original identity. So, even if the steel mills are either gone or lay abandoned, its legacy remains at this location.
Come on in and experience what made Youngstown one of America’s most thriving metropolises of yesterday if you need a break from the real money slots and the races.
Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor
Like Youngstown Steel Heritage, the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor will give you a glimpse of the manufacturing sector that served as the blueprint for Ohio’s thriving economy once upon a time.
If you’re an avid researcher, the museum even offers a library and archive room where you can find numerous resources including manuscripts from labor organizations, government records, and more.
For the historian in you, this is definitely a place to visit if you’re gaming in the area.
This non-profit public auditorium has served the Youngstown community for nearly 100 years, with its roots dating back to 1926.
Come over and enjoy the exterior architecture or interior design of the historic building. Some of its prominent features include an 8,800 square-foot ballroom, a recital room, and a formal garden you can rent out for a public or business function if you choose.
And if the live entertainment over at the casino isn’t cutting it, you’ll find a lot of it here at Stambaugh Auditorium. Some of what you’ll find here are the hottest national and international acts along with a plethora of regional entertainment and public acts.
A building full of history, Stambaugh Auditorium encroached the list of National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
It’s arguably the area’s most historic landmark. The mill’s roots trace back to 1845 when German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly built the structure.
Fast forward nearly 200 years into the future and the mill continues to attract visitors from all over the world.
It’s a safe gamble that you’ll probably end up loving the stuff more than any store-bought grains. And rightfully so. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
Fellows Riverside Gardens
Need some peace and quiet in your life after a few days of all the casino games and racing you’ll get in Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course?
This free public garden sits on 12 acres of real estate, and you’ll find it at the northern end of Mill Creek Park. One of the most popular attractions in the United States, Fellows Riverside Gardens attracts over 400,000 visitors per year from all over the world.
And if flora is your thing, you’ll love the diverse collection and classes of roses, flowering bulbs, perennials, seasonal displays, and the works.
While this is a fine attraction to venture to regardless of the time of year, it provides an intense show in the spring when its 40,000 bulbs bloom and announce the arrival of the new season. It will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen if you visit the place in April/May.
But hey, you’re looking at more than just the State of Ohio’s finest collection of plants here. The friendly staff is more than happy to give you a tour of the gardens and there are often special events going on at and around the location.
So, if you’re in the mood for stress relief, or if the games didn’t go as well as you anticipated over at the casino, then take a trip to Fellows Riverside Gardens for relaxation and comfort.
Butler Institute of American Arts
If you’re looking for the most unique and finest collection of art in America, then you’ll find it all at the Butler Institute of American Arts. Discover the collection of artwork that has been preserved throughout American history from the pre-colonial period until today.
This museum is suited for more than just the art enthusiast in you. If you love American history, then the Butler Institute of American Arts is a must-visit and it’s wise to rank it number one on your itinerary if you’re looking to venture away from Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Mill Creek Park
Discover your park and discover the great outdoors. Serving the residents of Youngstown and hundreds of thousands of tourists since 1891, Mill Creek Park sits on 4,500 acres of forested real estate that’s just waiting to be discovered.
So, come on over! Reserve a facility for the night during your favorite season, hike the trails, get fresh air, and don’t forget to see what types of upcoming events are in the park during your stay.
This is another great place to unwind, workout, or even relax after a day’s worth of casino gaming and horse racing. If you need a breather from the slots, Mill Creek Park is the answer. And best yet, you don’t need to drive far to find the conveniently-located park.
Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium
Yep, if you’re into the oldies, then you’ll fall in love with the collection over at Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium.
And if you’re an antique collector, reviewers agree that you won’t find more reasonably priced collectible items anywhere else. It’s your one-stop-shop for anything antique-related. But if you’re just looking to take a break from the gaming action, it’s a wonderful place to come in and browse.
Yeah, you’ll find some of the finest local beers on tap and crafts over at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. But you’ll also find a wider selection of crafts over at Biker Brewhouse.
Come in and enjoy the atmosphere while you sample the best seasonal and local drafts around that include exotic flavors like Road Rash, Hot Blonde Habanero, Crossroads, Blue Balls, American Pie, School House Red Biker, and more.
If you’re one who can’t visit an area without trying the finest local crafts, then Biker Brewhouse will grace the top of your itinerary.
Head on in where heaven for the beer enthusiast in you awaits.
As mentioned, the attractions listed here are just a handful of everything Youngstown, Boardman, and the rest of the area offer.
So, if you’re growing weary of the endless, adrenaline-pumping gaming and racing over at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, you can turn your trip to the casino into a mini-vacation destination.
Check out those museums and get fresh air and relaxation at one of the parks or gardens. Once you’re rejuvenated, return to that gaming floor or the grandstand and have at it for another round.
Have you played at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course? If so, did you explore the Youngstown area and visit any of the attractions listed above? Let us know in the comments and share your experience.